Twentieth Century Fox is doing well with their X-Men franchise, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe still has a massive lead on series and franchise crossovers. Brian Singer, director of X-Men: Apocalypse, may be looking for a way to change that. In an interview with Variety, he stated that there is a chance that the X-Men universe can be every bit as large as its competitors. Because of X-Men: Days of Future Past, “there are endless possibilities.”
With this year’s historic success of Deadpool, one or more of those possibilities may become a reality. With Deadpool‘s unexpected success, it would make sense for the studio to begin moving in a crossover direction.
“If you take a character as irreverent and meta as Deadpool and connect him to something as grounded and serious as X-Men, you have to do it carefully and gently. When you drop them all in together it can be a disaster. That has to be done delicately, but there’s plenty of room to do it.”
One possible home for Deadpool’s foray into the X-Men universe could be through the X-Force. X-Force is the paramilitary group that Deadpool has worked with for years. This seems all the more likely because both Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds and director Brian Singer have expressed interest in the project.
However, Singer’s future in the franchise is uncertain, although he has expressed interest in sticking with the mutants.
“When you spend nearly two decades in a universe, to simply say, ‘I’m done,’ or, ‘I’m going to abandon it,’ just wouldn’t make sense to me. I’m very connected to this universe and a lot of these actors, and also the characters, whomever plays them. So never say never.”